Which airport is the busiest in the world?

Welcoming more than 107 million passengers in 2018, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta has become the busiest airport in the world for the 21st year in a row.

The Airports Council International (ACI) has just released an annual list of the busiest airports in the world. Leading the list in 2018 continues to be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


According to ACI's latest world traffic situation, passenger traffic at Atlanta airport also increased by 3.3%. Globally, passenger traffic has increased to 8.8 billion, an increase of 6% compared to last year, while air shipments increased by 3.2%.

Passenger traffic at the world's 20 busiest airports increased by 4.7% in 2018 with more than 1.5 billion passengers arriving at those airports. Atlanta continues to top the passenger market as it is a major hub and an entry port for North America. It offers a 2-hour flight that serves 80% of the US population, equivalent to more than 300 million people.

In the second place, Beijing International Airport surpassed the 100 million passenger mark in 2018, reaching nearly 101 million passengers and increasing 5.4%. The third place is Dubai airport with a total number of 89 million passengers, increasing 1% when compared to 2017.


Despite being at the top of the list of the 20 busiest airports in the world in terms of passenger arrivals, Atlanta was beaten by O'Hare International Airport of Chicago for its flight traffic. In 2018, O'Hare had nearly 904,000 flights while Atlanta had just over 895,000 flights. Hong Kong International Airport is still the largest air transport airport when transporting more than 5.1 million tons of cargo in 2018.

List of the world's busiest airports in 2018:

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Georgia, USA) - 107.4 million passengers

2. Beijing International Airport (Beijing, China) - 101 million passengers

3. Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) - 89.1 million passengers

4. Los Angeles International Airport (California, USA) - 87.5 million passengers

5. Haneda Airport (Tokyo, Japan) - 87.1 million passengers

6. O'Hare International Airport (Illinois, USA) - 83.3 million passengers

7. Heathrow Airport (London, United Kingdom) - 80.1 million passengers

8. Hong Kong International Airport (China) - 74.5 million passengers

9. Shanghai International Airport (China) - 74 million passengers

10. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France) - 72.2 million passengers

11. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Netherlands) - 71 million passengers

12. Indira Gandhi International Airport (New Delhi, India) - 69.9 million passengers

13. Baiyun International Airport (Guangzhou, China) - 69.8 million passengers

14. Frankfurt Airport (Germany) - 69.5 million passengers

15. Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (Texas, USA) - 69.1 million passengers

16. Incheon International Airport (Seoul, South Korea) - 68.4 million passengers

17. Atatürk International Airport (Istanbul, Turkey) - 68.2 million passengers

18. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Jakarta, Indonesia) - 66.9 million passengers

19. Singapore Changi Airport (Singapore) - 65.6 million passengers

20. Denver International Airport (Colorado, USA) - 64.5 million passengers

By: Grace White

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